Daily Archives April 19, 2015

Baby Clothes You Can Use All Year

Baby Clothes You Can Use All Year

by: Tim Henry

Few things seem more important at a baby shower than duckies, monkeys and theme colors. Once you get the baby home though, the most important thing about baby clothes is how well they protect your baby. Depending on the time of year that your baby is born, and the type of climate you live in, there are a variety of concerns to take into consideration for your baby’s very sensitive nature.
For summer babies, or babies in warm climates, overheating is not the only concern. A baby’s skin is incredibly sensitive to light, especially with the increasingly less protective o-zone layer. Sunscreen is not the only necessity for baby’s sensitive skin...

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Bath Time Fun

Bath Time Fun

by: Jennifer Gove

Bath time can be fun or it can be a real hassle if your child is afraid or don’t like it. So we as mothers try to make it a fun time for our little ones! Then the problem will be getting them out!
Color It
Bubble bath can be irritating to little ones causing urinary track infections, yeast infections as well as skin irritation. A few drops of food coloring are a wonderful solution adding interest and fun to your child’s bath. You can also turn each bath into a learning experience drop one color in such as red then ask your child what they think will happen if you add a drop of yellow.
Measure It
Measuring cups are fun for pouring and filling in the tub and if you have an old set they are a great free fun set of toys for the tub...

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Five Tips for Successful Grandparenting

Five Tips for Successful Grandparenting

by: Don Schmitz

1. Boundaries are necessary for control and safety.
All children need and must learn to respect boundaries. Being clear about expectations before an activity begins frees you and the child to enjoy the event and ensures the safety of everyone involved. If you observe the boundaries are being violated, don’t be afraid to remind your grandchildren again. Restate the rules as many times as necessary. Writing the rules and posting them or bringing them along is a good idea. If a rule is violated during the activity, ask the child to repeat or read the rules again.
2. Gift giving is not a requirement of grandparenting.
Establish a practice with your first grandchild and stick with it; what you do for one doesn’t necessarily have to be d...

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Help! My Child Lies

Help! My Child Lies

by: Noel Swanson

Childhood Lies
Unfortunately, even though adults hate lying, they often set up their children to do just that. Here’s a look at how:
Greg’s mother just found out that Greg was throwing rocks at somebody:
“Hi Greg, what have you been doing today?” [Why would I tell you if you don’t know for sure?]
“Like what? I haven’t been doing anything”, he says innocently and looked a bit confused.
“Did you throw rocks at the new girl?” [Maybe I can still get away with it]
“No”, he answers incredulous that you would even suspect him.
“Well Mavis says you did.”
“It had to be some other kid.” [Why would she believe a neighbor over me?]
“She sounded positive that it was you, Greg.”
“She’s crazy, it wasn’t me!”
First Mum tempts him to lie to wriggle out of it, and she co...

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Why Allowances for Back to School?

Why Allowances for Back to School?

by: Eileen & Jon Gallo

What do good schools and well thought out allowances have in common? Both teach your child a vitally important life skill: reflective thinking. Kids are naturally impulsive. Learning how to reflect before making a decision – learning to think in terms of choices, alternatives and consequences — is a great life skill for kids to learn. Stanley Greenspan, M.D., one of the country’s leading child psychiatrists, says that children who develop the ability to think in terms of choices and consequences are likely to grow into teenagers and adults who “can solve problems and assess and evaluate their own impulses and desires...

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Picky Eater Coping Needs To Be a Family Affair

Picky Eater Coping Needs To Be a Family Affair

by: Jason Katzenback

Why does it seem that the pickiest of eaters always try to pass themselves off as the latest upcoming culinary critic?
It is especially annoying when you have spent a couple of hours on a special Sunday dinner, only to have your six-year-old son tromp the kitchen loudly declaring…
“Something stinks and I’m not eating it!”
Trisha, from England, said that her son is still her pickiest eater and although he does not do it so much now, he used to be famous for turning up his nose at her home-cooked meals and insisting on eating prepackaged foods that were just made with water.
On the other hand, some children have been known to prefer instant macaroni and cheese because they can fix it themselves, which gives them a sense ...

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Child Education

Child Education

by: Brigitte Meier

The initial state of happiness about an own child is often overcome with annoyance after even a short period of time. Children quickly grow an own personality, and it’s the most vital task of the parents to help develop it and give it a shape. Otherwise, the little angel can turn into a little devil adding considerably to the stress in life you already have.
Like everything else in life, child education is a tightrope walk between strictness and letting loose. Drifting off either way causes more problems than it solves. But of course what sounds clear and obvious in theory is much harder to actually apply practically.
The suggestions here are no rules to follow, they’re mere guidelines and should animate own thoughts and ideas...

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Are You Chasing Dollars or Your Kids?

Are You Chasing Dollars or Your Kids?

by: Brian Maloney

Striking a perfect balance between work and home today can be difficult task for most of us. However, do you ever wonder if your spending too much time chasing money and not enough with your children?
Everything in moderation right? Haven’t we been told this countless times and yet still we tend to find ourselves constantly plunging into excess.
It seems that we always do too much of one thing for the sacrifice of many others and therefore, seemingly neglect many times the more important aspects of life.
Nothing can be more important than your children!
This held true yesterday and will still hold true tomorrow...

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Creative Ideas for Easing Separation Anxiety

Creative Ideas for Easing Separation Anxiety

by: Nicole Brekelbaum

Does your child exhibit separation anxiety at daycare drop-off? Do you spend more than fifteen minutes struggling to calm your child’s fears? You are not alone. All parents at one time or another have experienced guilt, fear and remorse at the very thought of leaving their hysterical child in the arms of a non-relative.
Separation anxiety affects both parents and children. Children display their discontent and fears by throwing temper trantrums, clinging onto parents for long periods and ignoring attempts by their daycare provider to calm their fears...

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Parenting Starts Before Pregnancy

Parenting Starts Before Pregnancy

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

While it may seem farfetched to some people, many of my clients remember what they felt and experienced while still in the womb. Comments such as these are not unusual:
“I knew even before I was born that my mother didn’t want me.”
“I could feel my mother’s fear and anxiety even before I was born.”
Parenting does not start once the child is born. Good parenting starts even before getting pregnant. It starts by caring about what you eat, how much exercise and sleep you get, and by making sure that you are taking responsibility for your feelings of anxiety and stress. Your baby will feel what you feel, so learning how to be in peace and joy before getting pregnant is part of good parenting.
I loved being pregnant...

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